Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Fr. David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends him. Once at the Vatican, he is immediately given an audience with the Pope, who elevates him to Cardinal Priest. The world is on the brink of war due to a Chinese-Soviet feud made worse by a famine caused by trade restrictions brought against China by the U.S. When the Pontiff suddenly dies, Lakota's genuine character and unique life experience move the College of Cardinals to elect him as the new Pope. But Pope Kiril I must now deal with his own self-doubt, the struggle of his friend Fr. Telemond who is under scrutiny for his beliefs, and find a solution to the crisis in China. Written by
A modern-day story of faith, courage and intrigue!
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Reference is made to Kiril being the first non-Italian pope to be elected since Adrian VI 400 years earlier. In real life, this happened 10 years after this film was released with the election of Pope John Paul II
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Mr. Faber said that Adrian VI was the last non-Italian Pope 500 years ago. This is incorrect. It was Alexander VI. Adrian IV was Pope in the 10th or 11th century. He was English and AlexanderVI was Spanish. See more
You know, David, for many men belief is a place to crawl for safety. Of course, they will fear and accuse. Your writings are a danger to their safety.